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The lifeless body of a Belgian man was discovered with a bag over his head after a Thai maid stumbled upon his suicide note in a Chiang Mai province residence. Thai police suspect murder rather than suicide.

 

The Thai maid reached out to San Kampaeng Police Station after finding the suicide note of a 73 year old Belgian businessman, Vachaudez, on the dining table inside the house in the San Kampaeng district of Chiang Mai province.

 

The maid reported that she returned to Vachaudez’s house on November 26 after taking a three-day leave to make a merit with her family in the Mae Taeng district. Upon arriving at the house, she went straight to the kitchen to prepare breakfast for Vachaudez.

 

When she finished cooking, she brought the food to the dining table and discovered a suicide note, which mentioned financial problems and relationship disappointment.

 

by Petch Petpailin

Photo via Facebook/ Amarin News

 

Full story: The Thaiger 2023-11-27

 

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2 minutes ago, Olav Seglem said:

And the suicide letter was written in which language ????

 

Why four question marks to one question?

Probably English. Unlikely Thai maid reads Flemish. Poor dude, albeit 73 isn't a bad innings. Not a nice scenario if one is murdered, though. :sad:

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2 minutes ago, daveAustin said:

 

Why four question marks to one question?

Probably English. Unlikely Thai maid reads Flemish. Poor dude, albeit 73 isn't a bad innings. Not a nice scenario if one is murdered, though. :sad:

 

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"The Thai maid added that suicide was possible because Vachaudez had financial problems and had divorced his Thai wife. According to the maid, Vachaudez had been running a resin casting business in Thailand for over 10 years and recently ran into financial problems."

 

"Vachaudez used to live in Chiang Mai with his Thai wife and children but they divorced. The wife and children later moved to live abroad. Vachaudez once told the maid that many of his friends had committed suicide and that he would do the same one day."

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10 minutes ago, Nick Carter icp said:

 

   It wouldn't have been a very big bag, otherwise he would have taken off and floated across the countryside 

 

The size of the bag is not relevant. The desaturation of oxygen content in the bag is, when lower than 90% vol.

The helium gas (lighter than oxygen) made the desaturation in this case.

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The crime scene suggested that Vachaudez had committed suicide by inhaling helium gas. However, the gas cylinder valve had been turned off and there was still some helium in the tank, suggesting foul play.

 

A couple of surprises with this story... both from an underlying cynicism of the standards and apathy of the usual policing here. 

 

1) It always seems any suspicious death is labelled 'suicide' by the BiB...   they did not take this route this time. 

2) It appears that actually intelligent police work was carried out...  good on 'em. 

 

That said... valid comments below.... finger printing the valve for anyone elses finger prints (or the absence of the deceaseds) could help here (although I'm not sure how easy that is)... also finger printing the pipe and bag (that my arm-chair AN CSI for the day).

 

36 minutes ago, ukrules said:

It would depend if the bag was taped around his head sealing it, in which case he could have held his breath while it inflated with helium, then turned the gas off before breathing it in just in case it 'popped' leaving him with a broken bag, an empty tank and a headache.

 

 

 

 

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the maid is away for 3 days ...

during this time he is murdered ...

the maid says he talked about suicide before ...

the gas cyclinder valve was turned off ...   

 

so far the story sounds somewhat suspicious .....     was he forced to write the note?   ... 

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6 hours ago, Thorgal said:

His Faeries Collection, containing more than 150 figurines, can be seen as a reflection of his esoteric and cultural quest. His skills allow him to carve intricate jewelry as well as more massive bronze items.

quite a few AN posters believe in faeries, so maybe some folks on here have collected his figurines. 

 

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15 hours ago, ukrules said:

From clicking the link it sounds to me like he knew what he was doing and planned it in quite some detail.

Assuming you believe the maid that he said he would commit suicide at some point - she could've been persuaded to say that for money or by threats. I don't know the guy, but it sounds odd to me that someone would confide in anyone - let along a maid - that they're about to off themselves.

 

There are some missing details like what language the suicide letter was in, whether the room was locked from the inside, and what was the nature of his alleged financial trouble - or to be specific if someone would have a motive to kill him. Simply shutting the valve off does not in itself rule out suicide, although it does raise questions - if he was conscious and shut it off because he changed his mind, why not take the bag off his head? Also- was he found close enough to the valve that it would make sense that he was the one who shut it off? etc...

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The crime scene suggested that Vachaudez had committed suicide by inhaling helium gas. However, the gas cylinder valve had been turned off and there was still some helium in the tank, suggesting foul play.

I may not have been there, but to me this is not necessarily true. Once the bag was filled with Helium, there is little need for more. 

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